How Many of Us Truly Glory in Tribulation?

GUEST POST by Denise Barksdale


I receive a monthly magazine entitled, The Voice of the Martyrs. A martyr is a person who willingly suffers death rather than renouncing his or her religion. Each month as I read the magazine it reminds me of Romans 5:3-4. It states: And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance; character; and character, hope.

These martyrs are not perfect, just as no one is except “The Blessed Trinity”. However, these people are so committed to Our God. Bombs are targeted at their church, but they still do God’s Will in making disciples in spite of the ongoing violence. Their church’s  growth is one of the few positives in an area that is long known for violence and drug trafficking. The pastor and his wife’s son were even hit by a bullet at age 9. In spite of this horrible incident, after the boy got older he began helping lead worship service at one of the churches with his brothers. 

If I was his parent, I think that I may have tried to get my family out of that area, but because of the families strong faith, trust and will to please God they press on.
As I read these true-life stories every month, it inspires and motivates me more and more to glory in tribulations. It makes me comprehend what the Word of God means, in reference to knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and when I focus on the definition of perseverance, which means, (steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement), it makes my mind reflect on the many, many problems we all have and how God is encouraging us to persevere through these obstacles/ tribulations in life. In doing this our character steadily improves and we stay hopeful.

The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few is a very true statement. There are enough of us in the world to fulfill Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)-  (The Great Commission) Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

With all the homelessness, hungry people, mental illness, violence, sex and drug  trafficking, negative addictions, hatred, homosexuals, people who are unsaved, COVID deaths, etc., we all need to pray without ceasing, read God’s Word and practice it daily. We also need to seek God’s help in teaching us how to glory in tribulations.  

Published by Lisa B.

I am a passionate educator, community volunteer, child advocate, and Christian blogger. I am a native of Harvey, Illinois who enjoys teaching first grade in Atlanta Public Schools. In my spare time, I enjoy attending hot yoga classes and working out. I am also a seller on Teachers Pay Teachers and love creating educational resources to share with others. I love living out my purpose...to change lives through community outreach, global missions, education, and to bring life and light to the world through writing.

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